Man 'pushed to limit' convicted of assault
THE only time violence is acceptable is when the “German Nazi party is coming to get you,” according to a Magistrate Cameron Press.
The remark was made last week in the Emerald Magistrate’s Court after Dustin James Brown pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and police prosecutions detailed the offence.
Sergeant Kevin Ongheen told the court Brown was sitting outside Woolworths on Tuesday, March 8, when around 4pm, a “mild” verbal argument commenced between him and another man.
Later in Springsure, Brown and the man got into another argument which escalated when he pushed the 27-year-old into a fence, Sgt Ongheen said.
Brown then ran up to the man, hit him in the face, yelled, and walked off.
“The victim said they always muck around,” Sgt Ongheen told the court, but Brown described it as “continual harassment”.
The man required stitches at the Springsure Hospital.
Brown, representing himself, told the court he was one of the “least violent people” and described himself as “passive in nature”.
“But that day, I was pushed to the end of the line,” he said before Mgst Press interjected and said, “you always have a choice when it comes to violence”.
“Unless a German Nazi party is coming to get you, you always have a choice,” he said, to which Brown conceded he knew he had done the wrong thing.
“I know I have done the wrong thing and I’m sorry to have taken up the court’s time,” he said.
Mgst Press sentenced the senior water treatment operator to two months imprisonment, suspended immediately.
The conviction was recorded.